Monday, July 30, 2012

MOMday: Major Changes

Things are nutty around here these days.   So, if my posting seems erratic - that is definitely the reason.  We are getting our house ready to sell and it has been insane to say the least.  Hopefully things will settle down soon and I can be back to being my usual bloggy self :)

In the meantime, I have been trying to get ready for this move while managing Doodle (my "spirited" child) who is BIG TIME resistant.   When I staged the playroom, she got mad and told me I did it wrong and then moved everything back to where it "should" be.  When I packed the shelves in her room - she wailed about her puppy puppets being gone (despite having not played with them in at least 6 months).   When I painted the twins room during their nap, she came running in upon waking and was visibly disappointed that it wasn't purple (the colour she has chosen for her big girl solo room in the new house).

The best I can do right now is reassure her that it is exciting and that she will love the move once it is over.   In the meantime, she really likes running around in the shipping crate storage unit we have on the driveway.  That's always a plus.

Buggie, on the other hand, is just plain excited.   I think she's just thrilled that moving means an end to the toddler bed and getting her own big bed. 

and, yes,  I DO do too much.  I am that woman.

Garage Sale Goofy - Week 4

Training Update:

This week, the majority of my workouts were of the "Garage Sale Prep" kind.  Early mornings and late nights while I was on vacation.  I only got in one weekday run and a very painful long run/walk



and I can already tell that I am going to need to skip my Tuesday run because my knee is so tender it hurts to walk right now.  I am going to try to get in with my chiro instead that night to get it healing...

Fundraising Update:

This week - I am so happy to say that I am officially over the $1000 mark on my fundraising!  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me so far and I do hope that many more of you will step up and make a donation to help end blood cancers!  Every dollar counts, so don't worry if you cannot afford much - please just give what you can!


This weekend, we held our team garage sales in both Edmonton and Calgary.  The Calgary sale was a smashing success - opening a half hour early for the early-birds and running steadily until 3 when we had to shut it down because the people collecting our leftovers were coming by 3:30!    It was a tiring two days of set up and sale, but so worth it!!!  We are also super happy we decided to rent the church basement!  It really made it easy and kept us out of the sun on a day when the temps soared to 28C!

WE RAISED OVER $1100!!! In Calgary alone.  Edmonton's sales raised over $700 over two days with the weather fighting them every step of the way!  This was a HUGELY successful fundraiser for our team!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support either sale!

Some pics from the day in Calgary:

Early birds getting the worm

Me and Amy

Cash table

Bookmarks display

Michelle and her hubby

Team Calgary (Vanessa, Dina, Anna and me)

V loves birds almost as much as me...but this
candle was one of our most awesome donations

Anna

Fundraising in Action:
  • Magazine Fundraiser - Ongoing.
    http://www.magfundraising.ca/runformiracles
    Total raised for the team to date: $218
    This fundraiser will keep going until the end of January, so you will have plenty of time to treat your loved ones to gift subscriptions over the holidays
Upcoming Events:
  • TBA - make sure you head over to http://www.rungoofy.com and "Like" us to stay informed about any fundraiser events we are putting on!
My Personal Fundraisers:
  • Bottle Drive - ongoing
    Let me know if you have any bottles you would like to donate.  If you're in the Calgary area, I will happily pick them up from you :)  If you are out of town, you can always pledge your own bottle money to my fundraising
    Raised so far: $5
  • Bookmarks of Hope - ongoing
    I am selling handmade beaded bookmarks (made by me).  These elastic bookmarks will ensure you never lose your page again and work on both traditional paper books and with eReader cases.   $5 each.  There are pictures of the available styles on the Facebook page. I do sell them at my work and, starting next week, these will be available at Naughty Nelly on Northmount Drive and 40th Ave NW.  I will post other locations as I secure them.  I will also be creating several new designs shortly as I have just picked up more supplies.
    Raised so far: $140
  • Looking for Corporate Donors 
    If you own a company and would like to make a donation of $1500 or more, Team in Training will print your logo on the back of our race shirts for this season!  I will also happily post your logo on my Team in Training page for the whole world to see.  Don't have a logo but still want to take part?  I am a graphic designer and am happy to see if I can come up with something for you as an added perk to the program! Email me for details if you're interested!
  • Workout Challenge
    For every workout I complete, I pledged to put $2 in a jar.  If I skip a run on my training plan and don't make it up the same week - it's gonna cost me $5.
    Raised so far: $35

Now for a Donor Incentive!

I have a few treats I have been stashing just special for my bloggy buddies as incentives to support the cause. I don't know if I have enough to do one of these every week, but I will do them for every week that I have a prize!

This week, for every $5 donated, you will earn one entry into a draw for the prize (ie $5= 1 entry, $10=2 entries and so on).

This week's prize is:

Brooks Backpack and Stickers   

Prize Value: approx $10

(sorry - no photo...I'll try to post one tonight)

Lightweight and rugged, this simple drawstring backpack is a heckuva lot nicer than some of the ones we get in race kits.  It is basic black and will hold a fair bit.  And with the stickers, you could totally jazz up your favourite notebook with a little Run Happiness.  I won this in a Twitter contest a couple of months ago, but have been saving it up for just this purpose!

(The winner of last week's prize was BRAD!!! Thank you for the generous donation!  I'll pop the bookmarks in the mail to you asap)

I will mail the prize anywhere so don't let geographical restrictions hold you back.  If you donate just $5, you might still win.  Every dollar counts and every dollar supports TNT and the important work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada



Sunday, July 29, 2012

Long Run Ouchies

I was so excited to get to meet up with JS today!  It has been over a month since we last ran together and I was totally missing my Runner Girl!

And we had lots of time to catch up - since our 10k took us 1:40 to finish.



We headed out from Glenmore Landing at around 7.  It was such a nice temperature...cool and clear.  Loved it.  And I got about a km before my knee started to complain.

Badly.

So much of our run was spent walking.  We ran when we could.  Luckily (or not so luckily) JS was also hurting so she didn't begrudge me the super long walk breaks.   Then again - she never does. (Thanks, hun.  You'll never know exactly how much I appreciate your willingness to slow down for me!)

We ran out toward South Glenmore Park and just past the bridge into the Weaselhead.  Everytime I run this way, I fall in love with it all over again.  It is so truly beautiful!

They were setting up for Calgary 70.3 today!  It would still be an hour or so before the elite runners would make it that far, but it was cool to see what goes into the setup for an Ironman!

On the way back, we did something we almost NEVER do.  We took the lower path along the reservoir.  It was a nice change of scenery and I think it felt shorter than taking the upper path - that one almost always feels like torture because you seem to be so close to the end, but then it is still so far away...



Great conversation.  Painful run.  Cherry Almond Pastry with my coffee.  I think 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

I think I am heading back to the chiropractor this week.  Something is up and I need to fix it while my long run distances are still short.

Garmin Geekery:





Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Funnies: Fireworks Commentators

I have been swamped this week with garage sale stuff and haven't had a chance to finish Shadow of Night yet.  So, in the place of Friday Reads today, I bring you a video I shot last weekend at the Langdon Days Fireworks, where my girls commentate using their vast "this is my second time at fireworks" knowledge to light up the show.






Be sure to watch for my hubby's commentary on small town fireworks littered throughout. So funny! It's like Mystery Science Theatre 3000 was live in the front seat of our car....

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Workout Wednesday: A Different Kind of Workout

What a week off it has been so far!  I have been packing and culling and pricing like mad.  Preparing for a garage sale is like a workout in itself. I'm completely worn out by the time the day is done!

Thought I'd share some pics of how it's been going so far :)





And that's just what's at MY house (and the pics don't show everything)! Let's just say it's gonna be a helluva garage sale!

If you're in Calgary, I do hope you'll pop by and see if you can't find a treasure and help out a great cause at the same time:

Saturday, July 28 9am-3pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church - 290 Edgepark Blvd NW

All proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

And, if you've been coveting one of my Bookmarks of Hope - we'll have them for sale there!

See you Saturday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beautiful Evening

It was a beautiful evening for a run...especially after spending the past 2 days trapped at home with two feverish midgets and drowning in garage sale items.  






Monday, July 23, 2012

Just a Little Goofy - Week 3

Pretty uneventful week here in Goofyland.  For several reasons I missed my weekday runs and then a crazy weekend didn't allow me to make them up.  I DID, however get in my 5k "long" run - so that was a win.

Fundraising Update:

I'm very excited to say that I have already raised over $500 towards my fundraising goal! That's 10% of the way in the first week!  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me so far and I do hope that many more of you will step up and make a donation to help end blood cancers!  Every dollar counts, so don't worry if you cannot afford much - please just give what you can!

I held a "Pocket Change Donation Drive" in my office this week that raised $25!

In terms of our team - the 6 of us have already managed to raise over $4350!  To put this into perspective - it means that one of the alumni fundraising minimums is basically met!  Now we only have 5 more people to get there!  Go Team!!!

Fundraising in Action:
  • Magazine Fundraiser - Ongoing.
    http://www.magfundraising.ca/runformiracles
    Total raised for the team to date: $218
    We have already received the first payout cheque for this fundraiser, which was very exciting stuff.   Thank you so much to everyone who has found a magazine and ordered through us!  We truly appreciate it!
Upcoming Events:
  • Garage Sale Fundraiser
    Saturday, July 28, 2012 9am-3pm *RAIN OR SHINE*
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    290 Edgepark Blvd NW, Calgary
    ***Still accepting donations of quality items for this sale.  Email me - I'll pick them up***
    We will also have a donation jar at the cash table...please bring some pocket change to toss in there!
My Personal Fundraisers:
  • Bottle Drive - ongoing
    Let me know if you have any bottles you would like to donate.  If you're in the Calgary area, I will happily pick them up from you :)  If you are out of town, you can always pledge your own bottle money to my fundraising
    Raised so far: $5
  • Bookmarks of Hope - ongoing
    I am selling handmade beaded bookmarks (made by me).  These elastic bookmarks will ensure you never lose your page again and work on both traditional paper books and with eReader cases.   $5 each.  There are pictures of the available styles on the Facebook page.  I am in the process of securing a few locations around Calgary where you can buy these...stay tuned for locations!  These will be available at the Garage Sale next weekend!
    Raised so far: $140
  • Looking for Corporate Donors 
    If you own a company and would like to make a donation of $1500 or more, Team in Training will print your logo on the back of our race shirts for this season!  I will also happily post your logo on my Team in Training page for the whole world to see.  Don't have a logo but still want to take part?  I am a graphic designer and am happy to see if I can come up with something for you as an added perk to the program! Email me for details if you're interested!
  • Workout Challenge
    For every workout I complete, I pledged to put $2 in a jar.  If I skip a run on my training plan and don't make it up the same week - it's gonna cost me $5.
    Raised so far: $26

Now for a Donor Incentive!

I have a few treats I have been stashing just special for my bloggy buddies as incentives to support the cause. I don't know if I have enough to do one of these every week, but I will do them for every week that I have a prize!

This week, for every $5 donated, you will earn one entry into a draw for the prize (ie $5= 1 entry, $10=2 entries and so on).

This week's prize is:

TWO BOOKMARKS OF HOPE (Your choice from what I have available)

I handmade these beautiful, elastic beaded bookmarks myself.  They fit pretty much any size any size book and you will never lose your place again.  And, if you prefer to use an ebook reader, they look beautiful along the spine of a cover (that's how I do it)!

Prize Value: $10





(The winners of last week's prize were: Katie and Matt!!!   I'll bring the book with me when I bring over your baby gift! :) Thanks so much, guys!  )


I will mail the prize anywhere so don't let geographical restrictions hold you back.  If you donate just $5, you might still win.  Every dollar counts and every dollar supports TNT and the important work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada



Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hot Air on a Cool Morning

Today called for another 5K "Long" Run.   I figured I'd get it over with before it got too hot out and the temperature was just about perfect.  I had woken up with a huge headache so still wasn't feeling great by the time I hit the road, but I am so glad I didn't bail (like I did on all of my other runs this week - Bad Cori...but I really needed to let my ankle heal)

It is Langdon Days out here this weekend so I wasn't sure what kind of sights the beer gardens last night would produce in the wee hours of Sunday...

Seen on my run...
  • 1 woman doing the walk of shame home
  • 4 hot air balloons
  • 400 beer can empties
  • 1 sketchy dude taking an unbelievably long whizz between parked cars.
Pretty eventful for 5k in a teeny town.

Now for some pics:


Thought I'd show you our little "downtown" out here...it is all new but modeled to look like downtown Langdon did in 1908.


And in the last few steps of my run, I encountered this, blocking the sidewalk.  Who DOES this?  Grrr.

The Garmin Geekery - and yes - I was very slow today.






Friday, July 20, 2012

The Great Juice Cleanse of 2012 - Day Three

And just like that, it is over.   The Great Juice Cleanse of 2012 was a great success, as far as I can tell.

I did notice myself being a bit snappish and obsessive today.  Case in point - that post about needing help to find a book.  Pure obsession to the point where I think i may have actually found it.   I also may have started to go off a bit on my coworker gals, but I had forewarned them that it might happen so they understood and neatly exited the building to escape me.  (Thanks guys - you rock)

Today I "ate"...

Breakfast: 2.5 cups Berry Boost, 1 cup black tea
Lunch: 1.5 cups Berry Boost
Snack: Banana around 4pm because I felt dizzy
Dinner: 1 cup apple juice and an omelette

Water: 5L
Exercise: coffee break arm workout, walking to and from parking lot (approx 1.5k)

I decided to break my fast at dinner - not because I was hungry or particularly needing to chew.  I decided that it would be best if I started to get some food into me because Saturday is a run day.  Even though it is only 5k on the schedule - I would rather deal with any tummy issues overnight than mid-run.

Now, for what you really want to know - the weight loss...

Starting Weight: 170.5
End Weight: 165.5
Total Loss: 5lbs

I had read that I could expect anywhere from 5-13lbs loss over the 3 days.   Looks like that was about right. Perhaps some of the weight loss will stick with me once I am eating full time again. I don't expect that to last and the weight loss isn't the reason I did this. I do intend to parlay this fast into a kickstart to eating healthy.   I have stocked the house with healthy foods and will be focusing on lighter meals that follow the food guide.

Conclusion:
Maybe I'm strange, but I am the only one of the three of us who started this who ended up finishing.  The others had side effects too strong to ignore.  I'm not sure how I am different, but I didn't really have any side effects until late today when I was dizzy.  

Sure - a juice cleanse might not be best for everyone and I am certainly no expert in the matter...but I feel good right now and think it was a good way for me to reboot my own hard drive.  I feel really committed right now to continuing to eat healthy and stay on track.

Help me find this book!!!

Ok - I have been driving myself insane all day about this.  Google has been no help at all, as I type in the bits of the plot that I remember.

I am trying to find a book I read as a kid.  It is a chapter book.  Likely written in the 50's or 60's.  It is about a family who decides to move to the country and live in a caboose after the dad loses his job(? this last big might be wrong - but I am trying to remember something I read 25+ years ago).  I want to say it might have been published by Scholastic, just because my memory of the book is that it was about the right size to be a scholastic paperback.  It isn't a picture book, but I seem to recall it had illustrations.  I think the caboose was blue or green.

I've googled like crazy and the same results keep coming up but none of them sound like the book I seek.

So it isn't:
  • The Boxcar Children
  • The Railway Children (though this one sounds close - the family doesn't actually LIVE in the caboose)
  • The Little Red Caboose
  • The Caboose Who Got Loose

THIS, my bloggy friends, is the downside to being a voracious lifelong reader!  Now that I have kids, I want them to experience the magic I remember from some of the books I read as a kid...but I can't remember all of the titles and authors from the times where I would read 8 to 15 books a week...

Can you help me find the book I'm looking for?  Did you ever read something as a kid that sounds like this?  Leave your thoughts in the comments...

Friday Reads: MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

When Rachel Bertsche first moved to Chicago to be with her boyfriend (now husband), she left behind her BFFs in cities across America.  It was shortly after she was married that she realized she was seriously lacking in the BFF department in her adopted city.  And the quest began to find Ms. Right - her new Chicago BFF.  her goal - to have 52 "friend dates" in a year and hopefully come out of it with a new BFF.

I think perhaps the thing that resonated so strongly with me about this book is how her plight so closely mimics my own in many ways.  Two years ago, I realized most of the friends I had made in college had dispersed around the world. I had acquaintances here but hadn't really pushed myself to find closer friends. My high school BFFs lived in different cities and had different lives now that I questioned my role in. By 2010, I was overweight, lonely and well on my way to depressed. When I started to make the changes that would affct my health, I also made the decision to start to putting myself out there. Suddenly friendships followed.  I didn't embark on the crazy journey Bertsche did, but I believe you always need to make your journeys work for you and to assess when they stop doing so. Though I still don't have that BFF who I could call at a moments notice - I never really did.   And I don't really miss that in my life.  The people I surround myself with now care about me and want to spend time with me and vice versa.  That is a huge change from some of the "work intensive" friendships I had in the past.

MWF Seeking BFF chronicles her adventures and dates along the way.  Bertsche writes in a very comfortable manner. You can tell that this was a journey she blogged about because she has that kind of style to it. Her writing is easy to read and engaging enough to keep you following along.  By the end, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit in her and could relate greatly to her journey.  I liked how she peppered the chapter with advice from "experts".  In the end, I think she realized that by putting herself out there and being open to the interactions, friendship found her.  It is a pretty good lesson to learn and one that so many people who lament a lack of close adult friendships should listen to.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Great Juice Cleanse of 2012 - Day Two

Day two and holding strong.

My partners appear to all be out, though.  I think it really helps that I am definitely not a foodie.   I don't really care about the food.   I've actually been fairly satisfied on the juice.  Tomorrow will still be the last day and there is still a chance that I might really struggle tomorrow...but thus far it hasn't been too bad.

I think it was worse having my coworker crinkling wrappers all day and trying to do it quiet so it wouldn't torture me. lol.  I made sure to give her a tough time.

Here's what today looked like:

Breakfast: 2 cups of Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana
Lunch: 2 cups of Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana
Dinner: 2 cups Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness

Water: 5L
Exercise: walking to and from parking lot - approx 1.5k, Coffee Break arm workout

What I noticed today:
  • My teeth felt really coated.  Also - It felt like I had something stuck in my teeth - though that isn't possible since I haven't eaten anything in 2 days.
  • My energy is low but not rock bottom...if I had to choose a word for my energy level, it would be apathetic.
  • No major grumblings in my tummy and none of the digestive distress that was foreshadowed on so many sites.
  • I am avoiding conflict like crazy.  I know that if I were to be provoked and decided to stick around - it wouldn't be pretty.  Instead, if I am getting really agitated about something - I am separating myself from that thing.   It's better for everyone, really.
  • My kids don't really notice that I'm not eating.  They thought the green juice looked disgusting and were quite vocal about that, but they aren't begging for juice or asking me to eat.  I think this was a good idea to do on the weekdays when I eat 2 meals a day away from them.  While it's ok for me to do a little experiment like this - I am trying to teach them about healthy, balanced meals and it is just better that they don't witness much of this.
Really - overall -  I just feel normal but maybe a little run down.   I'm heading to bed early tonight to get some extra rest.

Tomorrow is the last day.  I'm still deciding on whether I will break my fast at dinner or if I will hold off until breakfast on Saturday morning.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Great Juice Cleanse of 2012 - Day One

I have a confession.  I miss chewing.  But otherwise, the first day of this experiment didn't go too badly.

I just focused on working and drinking lots of water (and the accompanying trips to the washroom from drinking so much water)

Breakfast: 1 Cup Black Tea (my coffee wean has ended but I am drinking tea this week to keep any residual headaches at bay).  2 cups Bolthouse Farms C-Boost
Lunch: 2 cups Bolthouse Farms C-Boost
Dinner: 2 cups Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness

Water consumed: 5L
Exercise: "Coffee Break" Arm Workout, walking to and from my parking and to my house from the chiropractor...so approx 2.5k total.

was I hungry?  not really.  My stomach didn't resort to growling (which was what my coworkers went through). My thought on this is that I chose thicker juices (Bolthouse calls them smoothies - but I don't categorize them like that).  I think it  also helps that I am doing this during the weekday because I am not moving as much as I would be on a weekend - I can just take it easy.  It was hard to be around the house while the family was eating but I did it and now I can just relax for the evening.  We were going to go for a walk, but my ankle is tender after today's chiro appointment.  I'd better rest it.

In other news, my chiro is worthy of worship after today's treatment.  I have been having naggy knee pains since K100, but they felt like it was because I was compensating for an ankle that wouldn't bend.  Turns out I was right.  He fixed it.  I will smile forever because of it.

Workout Wednesday: The Great Juice Cleanse of 2012

Ok - so I need a kick start.  My diet motivation has been flagging, my snack drive has been in overdrive and my weight has started to creep upwards again.  Not good.  Not helping is the heat we've had here lately that has had me only wanting to sit in front of a fan every evening.

So it is time to do something about it.My girlfriends at work and I were talking about it and we decided that since we all have so much fun keeping each other on track with our daily "coffee break workouts" - why not band together with a little group willpower and do a 3-day cleanse together.  We are each interpreting it slightly differently, but for me I am doing a juice cleanse.

Before I go any further - I want to make it very clear that I am NOT an expert in this area - just embarking on a new adventure to kick start myself.   I know many people will object to the fact that I am doing a cleanse at all - but this is about making it work for me and this feels RIGHT right now.   I need to take a step back and reset my own body a bit.  I need to step away from the junk for a few days so I will want it less - like always when I cut out the crap for a few days.   When I am done, my goal is to stick more closely to my Canada Food Guide eating and get healthier.  I need that because the downward spiral I am in is getting out of control.

So, here is how I am doing it.

1) Drink 2 cups of juice for my "meals", 3 times per day.  I stocked my fridge with Bolthouse Farms juices and fruit smoothies since I don't have the time/inclination to re-acquire my juicer and do it myself.
2) drink 2-4 litres of water per day
3) If I am feeling particularly "off" or REALLY need to "chew", I will have a piece of fruit
4) Walking for exercise each evening with my family (shh - I haven't told them this yet)

Keeping it simple.  

I have no clue how this will pan out in the end, so I will chronicle my journey at the end of each day.  Stay tuned.

Monday, July 16, 2012

MOMday: First Fireworks

This past weekend, we took the girlies out to Elliston Park for the Stampede Fireworks. After how strongly my girlies reacted to the smoke alarm in our house (also known as the "scary beep beep"), I wasn't sure how they'd do with the a) sounds the fireworks made b) the crowds and c) the staying up late.  I knew some prep would be in order.

Saturday afternoon was our niece's eleventh birthday party and dinner.  We didn't end up getting home until close to 9 and the fireworks started at 11.   As we drove home, I gave them the list of what we would do until we waited for the fireworks

1) Eat a snack - so we wouldn't have a blood sugar crash
2) pack some blankets to sit on
3) Change into pajamas - so they could go to bed as soon as we got home.
4) watch a movie about fireworks

Then we would pile into the car and head for the city.

Doodle's "spirited" nature means she does really well if she has a list to recite so this was perfect.  I could ask her what's next and she'd tell me.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I was able to find a couple of great videos with big fireworks displays on YouTube.  They showed the sounds, the fireworks themselves and the noise of the crowds. It was really good prep for these midgets because they got the entire experience while sitting on couch eating their snack.  






With our checklist complete, we piled into the care at around 10:20 and drove into the city.  The girlies were chattering excitedly about seeing the "fire flowers"

We found parking not far from the entrance on the west side of the park and discovered that the crowds were pretty thin on the hill over there.  The girlies rested while we waited for the show to begin. 









The show was great - and though not as colourful as I'd hoped for, the girlies still said it was like beautiful rainbows.  Buggie didn't like the noise but she confidently told me she would just put her hands on her ears and watch.  Without the preparation for the noise, I think we may have had a temper-storm worth leaving the park over.   Doodle just snuggled in and pointed and exclaimed about the beauty.  The few steps we took to prepare them really increased our enjoyment of the overall show and made for a wonderful first fireworks experience for my daughters.

and the rains held off until the show was over and we were walking back to the car.  So lucky.

When we got home and I draped a sleepy Doodle over my shoulder, she kept mumbling over and over "Go again, momma.  See the fire again"   I think we may need to score some Global Fest tickets now.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Just Plain Goofy - Week 2

One more week under my belt.  Part of me is really glad for this heatwave we are experiencing because it means that I don't have to feel like I am really slacking with these low mileage weeks.


My treadmill is being held hostage by all of our garage sale stuff, so I am forced to run outside. 

Monday: Off
Tuesday: Strength training
Wednesday: Ran 4.5k in 28C.  Lost 22lbs in sweat (kidding) . I also registered for Half Marathon #9
Thursday: Skipped my run due to the heat
Friday: Off
Saturday: Ran a slightly different loop around Langdon and made some discoveries
Sunday: Made up for Thursday's run

Fundraising Update:

Despite all of the issues that plagued our fundraiser with Cowboys, we still managed to make $450 for LLSC.  That made us feel a bit better about all of the trouble it caused us.

This week, my fundraising website went online!  I did send out a fundraising email to everyone I know, so hopefully those went through because I haven't heard back from many people and I don't want to drive people insane by resending it.  I promise I will not drive you all too crazy with email correspondence.  Any updates about my training and fundraising will be done here, on my blog, on Sundays so you can opt in to seeing them if you want to. (I'm working hard to not annoy my twitter followers as well, LOL)

Fundraising in Action:
  • Magazine Fundraiser - Ongoing.
    http://www.magfundraising.ca/runformiracles
    Total raised for the team to date: $201
    ***We had some issues with the site late last week, but they are fixed now, in case you are wanting to treat yourself to some magazines***
Upcoming Events:
  • Garage Sale Fundraiser
    Saturday, July 28, 2012 9am-3pm *RAIN OR SHINE*
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    290 Edgepark Blvd NW, Calgary
    ***Still accepting donations of quality items for this sale.  Email me - I'll pick them up***
    We will also have a donation jar at the cash table...please bring some pocket change to toss in there!
My Personal Fundraisers:
  • Bottle Drive - ongoing
    Let me know if you have any bottles you would like to donate.  If you're in the Calgary area, I will happily pick them up from you :)  If you are out of town, you can always pledge your own bottle money to my fundraising
  • Bookmarks of Hope - ongoing
    I am selling handmade beaded bookmarks (made by me).  These elastic bookmarks will ensure you never lose your page again and work on both traditional paper books and with eReader cases.   $5 each.  There are pictures of the available styles on the Facebook page.  I am in the process of securing a few locations around Calgary where you can buy these...stay tuned for locations!
    Raised so far: $55
  • Looking for Corporate Donors 
    If you own a company and would like to make a donation of $1500 or more, Team in Training will print your logo on the back of our race shirts for this season!  I will also happily post your logo on my Team in Training page for the whole world to see.  Don't have a logo but still want to take part?  I am a graphic designer and am happy to see if I can come up with something for you as an added perk to the program! Email me for details if you're interested!
  • Workout Challenge
    For every workout I complete, I pledged to put $2 in a jar.  If I skip a run on my training plan and don't make it up the same week - it's gonna cost me $5.
    Raised so far: $14

Now for a Donor Incentive!

I have a few treats I have been stashing just special for my bloggy buddies as incentives to support the cause. I don't know if I have enough to do one of these every week, but I will do them for every week that I have a prize!

This week, for every $5 donated, you will earn one entry into a draw for the prize (ie $5= 1 entry, $10=2 entries and so on).

This week's prize is:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running Injury Free (Book)

No pain-maximum gain.

More than half of all runners in the U.S. are sidelined at least once a year because of an injury. Many others run through the pain that starts to surface as they age-the result of years of bad posture, joint and muscle stiffness and poor running mechanics. This guide provides readers with a holistic approach to preventing injuries and getting rid of nagging pains. In it, readers learn how to increase flexibility, calibrate muscle strength, pick the right shoes, break bad habits, and more-all while improving distance and efficiency.



I will mail the prize anywhere so don't let geographical restrictions hold you back.  If you donate just $5, you might still win.  Every dollar counts and every dollar supports TNT and the important work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada



Making up for Thursday

I skipped Thursday's run, due to the extreme heat and promised myself I would make it up today.   Of course, after attending the fireworks late last night, the last thing I wanted to do was make it up.

But I still did.  4.5k. Done.  Now I can go wander around Stampede all day.  Surely I ran off a deep fried cheesecake on a stick (yes, it exists.  No, I will not consume it.  Mini-donuts on the other hand...)

Even though I got the run in early - it was still so hot and muggy out there that I am drowning in my own sweat.  It's not attractive, therefore there are no pictures of me in this post :P



In other news, the yellow headed blackbirds (they have the same stinky swoop mechanism as their red-winged friends) have been seen moving into Langdon.   Not happy about this development at all...